IBF light-welterweight champion Lamont Peterson is targeting a unification battle with WBA titleholder Danny Garcia.
Peterson recently returned after a 14 month lay off to score an eighth round tko win over Kendall Holt in defence of his IBF crown. It was a welcome return for Peterson, after the controversy of being stripped of the WBA light-welterweight crown he won in a unification battle with Amir Khan in December 2011. The Washington based champion tested positive for synthetic testosterone following the Khan win and was stripped of the WBA title.
Peterson, 31-1-1-(16), is now looking forward to the future and hopes to get the opportunity to unify the 140lbs titles once again, this time against Garcia.
“I’m happy and looking forward to the future,” Peterson said. “Hopefully we can get the guys we want to fight -- Danny Garcia, Lucas Matthysse or a rematch with Khan. I’m anxious to see what the future holds.
“I would like to fight Danny Garcia. I still think I’m the WBA champion and he has still got that belt. I want to get that fight to show who the real champion is.
“I’ll fight whoever at this point. I want the best fights we can make. Whoever wants to fight me, I want to fight them.”
However, before Peterson can think about a unification battle Garcia is scheduled to defend his title against Zab Judah on April 27 and he must face Argentine boxer Matthysse
“I’m all about fighting the top fighters out there and Matthysse is one of the top fighters out there,” Peterson added. “And that’s enough time for me to recover and get ready.
“I don’t think he’s going to pose any problem for me. If I fight Matthysse it will give me a chance to do all the boxing and banging I want.”
March 4, 2013